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the cast makes this rom-com above average
Broad characters and an unusual post war plot, take you to an unexpected resolution. Although the movie is over the top many times, Gable and Garson are as always, fun to watch. I thought their chemistry was fine although others have thought differently. With a great supporting cast this a classic example of this genre of film and well worth your time.
"Gable's back and Garson's got him!" That's what MGM's advertising guys cooked up to spark interest in this movie. Unfortunately, the movie didn't deliver quite as well as everyone expected. Still, it's not that bad of a movie.
This was Clark Gable's first movie after doing his active duty in Europe. Greer Garson acting career was in full gear after her academy award-winning "Mrs. Miniver". And of course a great director like Victor Fleming. So you would think that "Adventure" would be an automatic great movie.
Gable plays his trademarked rough, tough, and rakish womanizer (who only needs the love of a good woman to change his bad ways), Harry Patterson. This time he's a bosun merchant marine, loving his free, easy, and adventurous lifestyle of the sea. Garson plays Emily Sears a cultured librarian who wants to settle down.
And, Thomas Mitchell plays Mudgin, one of Harry's Irish shipmates who, while not going to any church, is a bit of a confused religious nut. Their boat gets torpedoed by a Japanese sub, and Mudgin makes a bargain with God. After falling back on old habits and braking his bargain, Mudgin felt that he lost his soul.
There's not that much chemistry between Harry and Emily. Harry was obviously much more compatible with Joan Blondell's wilder Helen Melohn character, but the love affair between Harry and Emily had to somewhat work for the sake of the whole plot.
Garson is terrific, and more than a match for Gable. Excellent support from Joan Blondell. The story is a bit stale however, very familiar and predictable. Very good production values, bland direction.
A classic for all times!
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good stuff 4/15/2011 rewatch: thought the story been done b4 this odd couple pairing of gable & garson works doesn't hurt to have great supporting cast includinng thomas mitchell (stagecoach).